The amount of sleep you get at is closely tied to how well you perform during the day, and whether you're at greater risk for chronic illnesses like diabetes or depression. However, sleep still isn't a big priority for a lot of people.
Even if it is a priority, there are plenty of things that can keep you awake or wake you up in the middle of the night. Tracking down those things and fixing them is important and there are plenty of sleep trackers that can do that. However, a new sleep tracker thinks it can do more.
The Aura from Withings is a two-part setup. It has a sensor that you slip under your mattress to keep track of your movement, heart rate and breathing rate through the night. That data is sent to the Bedside Device, which tracks sound, temperature and light levels through the night.
An iOS app (an Android app is coming soon) pulls the data together and shows you your sleep cycle pattern, total sleep, and what noises or other factors disturbed your rest. That's fairly standard so far.
However, Aura goes a step further with the Bedside Device. It includes a light and speakers that work to actually help you sleep better. The light shines red at night and blue in the morning to trigger the parts of your brain responsible for sleep and alertness. It can also play soothing sounds to lull you to sleep, or to help wake you up at the best time during your sleep cycle.
For those with a significant other, you can get a second sensor and the system can track both of you at once.
Now, because of its extra lighting and sound features, the Aura is a little on the pricey side for a sleep tracker at $299.95. However, you might find that the combination of sleep data and active soothing are just what you need.
Here's a video of the Aura in action: